Robert Parker 96
The top Cariñena is the 2013 Les Tosses, which for Dominik Huber is the pure expression of graphite and cherries, from an ancient plot on black slate soils fermented with full clusters and a short maceration and matured in oak foudres for two years. There was a volatile whiff and that sensation of warm slate that really transported me to the character of the roads in Priorat. There’s also something that made me think of iron and raw meat. It’s all relative of course, because compared to most other Priorats, this would feel extremely elegant and floral. The palate has even more of that tactile sensation of the graphite, with abundant, albeit extremely fine tannins and showing great balance. Some 1,000 bottles were filled in August 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2023
Bright ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, lavender, vanilla and allspice, along with an exotic blood aroma hat emerges in the glass. Sweet and broad on the palate, revealing energetic black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. The sappy and extremely long finsh deftly melds power with finesse, with fine-grained tannins making a late appearance.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2026